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  • Apparitions of the Virgin Mary: A Protestant Look at a Catholic Phenomenon: Part One

    11/08/2010 6:13:06 PM PST · by Gamecock · 136 replies
    Christian Research Journal ^ | 1991 | Kenneth R. Samples
    Devotion to the "Blessed Virgin Mary" (as she is commonly called by Catholics) has been a centerpiece of Catholic belief and piety for centuries. However, the last century and a half has seen a dramatic increase in Marian devotion. This resurgence of the "cultus of the Virgin" can be attributed to two primary factors. First, Mary's already exalted status in the church was substantially enhanced by Catholicism's official acceptance of the Marian dogmas known as the Immaculate Conception (1854) and the Assumption (1950).[1] The second force behind Mary's growth in popularity, especially among the laity, is not so much doctrinal...
  • Virgin Mary appears to Caqueta soldiers

    10/15/2010 6:50:00 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies · 3+ views
    The military garrison in San Vicente del Caguan, in the southern department of Caqueta, has been blessed by a Marian apparition, according to soldiers in the area. In an interview with Caracol TV, one soldier said, "The truth is that she was a marvelous surprise. I realized it was her, without a doubt, because no painter exists here that could make an image as marvelous as her." The "divine manifestation" was seen in the window pane of a building housing a battalion of soldiers. The vision has created a fervor among Catholics who have come to see the Virgin and...
  • Security Risk? More Evidence of Mary Jo Kilroy's Socialist Connections

    10/11/2010 7:45:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    newzeal ^ | 10/11/10 | Trevor Loudon
    Like her boss Barack Obama, Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy has been accused of hiding a radical past. Further evidence has emerged confirming that Congresswoman Kilroy was once a member of America's largest marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America. In this post New Zeal provided documentary evidence that Kilroy was a member of D.S.A. in the early 1990s and was supported by that organization in both her 2006 and 2008 Congressional races. Now comes more confirmation of kilroy's socialist ties from an article in Oakland California based marxist journal CrossRoads;, October 1992. The author Bob Fitrakis, is also a...
  • It Was the Rosary: Mainz Priest Talks About His Vocation

    08/17/2010 12:23:38 AM PDT · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/16/2010 | Tancred
    The mixed marriage of parents of the well-known Mainz Priest, Father Hendrick Jolie, produced an alienation from religion in his family. But suddenly, everything changed and nothing was the same as it was. [kreuz.net] I was not "unpious" as a young person, explained the well-known Mainz Priest, Father Hendrick Jolie, in an interview today with the Linz site 'kath.net'. The clergyman came from a mixed marriage. "It created a kind of distance from the Church," according to him.
  • "The Hall of Faith Adds Mary" (Sermon on Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3 and Luke 1:26-55)

    08/14/2010 12:52:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 28 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 15, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Hall of Faith Adds Mary” (Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3; Luke 1:26-55)The Hall of Fame, in any sport, is the place for honoring and showcasing outstanding individuals from the history of that sport. The person is honored in an induction ceremony, with all the other members of the Hall present. That player’s plaque is added to the wall, and people can read and see what a standout that person was. This year, for instance, the Baseball Hall of Fame added two new members familiar to many of us here: Whitey Herzog, the great manager from the St. Louis Cardinals, and...
  • Mary Jo Kilroy - Covert Socialist?

    08/11/2010 8:09:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    newzeal ^ | 8/11/10 | Trevor Loudon
    Is Ohio Democratic Congresswoman and Homeland Security Committee member Mary Jo Kilroy, a covert socialist? Evidence has emerged that in the early 1990s, Mary Jo Kilroy, then an Ohio lawyer and activist, was a member of the U.S.'s largest Marxist-based organization, Democratic Socialists of America (D.S.A.). Furthermore, while running as a Democrat, Mary Jo Kilroy was backed by her D.S.A. comrades in her both unsuccessful (2006) and successful (2008) races for U.S. congress. D.S.A. has long been influential inside the Ohio Democratic Party. In 1990 D.S.A. member Tom Erney unsuccessfully ran for Congress on the Democratic Party ticket. in 1992,...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Blessed Mother leads boy to priesthood

    06/28/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    CNA ^ | 6-26-10 | Tanya Connor
    Worcester, Mass., Jun 26, 2010 / 01:14 pm (CNA).- “When I grow up, I want to be like him,” The 5-year-old was talking about the priest. But while still a child the boy fell in love – with the image of Our Lady of Fatima. “If I find a woman who looks like her, and has her characteristics, I’ll marry her,” he decided. “For 34 years I’ve never met that woman,” he says now. “I guess the Blessed Mother wants me. I’m all hers. Like John Paul II said, ‘Totus Tuus Maria.’” This is the story of Deacon Lowe Bretańa...
  • "Playin' for Our Lady?" My reply to Coach Kelly [Notre Dame]

    06/24/2010 4:25:38 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 8 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | 6-24-10 | Tom O'Toole
    "The priority for our players is to recognize they are at the University of Notre Dame to play for Our Lady" --new head football coach of Notre Dame, Brian Kelly, in his (fundraising) letter to the alumni. "Father Jenkins' decision [to invite President Obama to speak at Notre Dame and award him an honorary degree] is a deliberate thumbing of the collective nose at the Catholic Church...Notre Dame has forfeited the right to be called a Catholic University" --from recently deceased professor of philosophy, Ralph McInerny, who taught for over 50 years at Notre Dame (and who recalled when the department's...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS} The Maternal Heart of Mary

    06/07/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies · 14+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 6-5-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Mother Potter's Marian MissionAt the end of 1874, Mother Potter received the inner certitude that she and the religious Congregation she was to institute (The Little Company of Mary) were called to foster devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. "We are chosen," wrote Mother Potter, . . . to promulgate in God's Church an increase of devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. We must increase our love for Our Lady and her sweet Maternal Heart, which makes us desire to propagate that devotion and to lead as many of God's vast family as we can to love and...
  • Police seek leads in hate crime at Maywood Catholic Church

    05/25/2010 8:28:29 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 31 replies · 596+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-24-10 | Robert J. Lopez
    Vandals ransacked a Catholic Church in Maywood on Monday in an incident that police are classifying as a hate crime. The vandals broke into the Santa Rosa de Lima Church, where they defecated in an auditorium, scrawled "666" in the kitchen and stuck a knife in a painting of the Virgin Mary, the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department said. "The vandalism was of a heinous nature, and in fact, consistent with a hate crime," the department said in a news release.
  • On Mary's Maternal Presence at Pentecost (Catholic Caucus)

    05/24/2010 11:43:11 AM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 318+ views
    zenit ^ | MAY 30, 2004
    Pentecost marks a time when Mary's presence is of singular importance, says a specialist in Marian studies.  In this interview with ZENIT, Discalced Carmelite Father Jesús Castellano Cervera, who is also a consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, elaborated on the Blessed Virgin's presence at the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Q: The time we are now living is the conclusion of Eastertide and of the month of May. Is it of special Marian relevance? Father Castellano Cervera: I think the time extending from the Ascension to Pentecost is a particularly Marian time.  The fact emphasized...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

    05/25/2010 6:55:01 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 135+ views
    StudiO'brien ^ | 1-1-09 | Michael D. O'Brien
    This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed, more than a generation. How swiftly it has gone, and how changed is the face of our world. Let us not blame war or economic trouble or abortion for the current state of the world, for this would be to blame symptoms and ignore the source of the disease. It is, in fact, contraception that is destroying Western civilization. In many of the documents of Vatican II and in subsequent papal encyclicals, the...
  • Apparition: ‘fantastic message’ imparted to self-proclaimed visionary (Marian Apparition)

    05/19/2010 3:16:09 PM PDT · by shibumi · 11 replies · 404+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | May 12, 2010 | Tom Shel
    FOLLOWING A period of intense prayer during which he knelt on damp grass as he gazed heavenwards at Knock shrine yesterday, self-proclaimed visionary Joe Coleman claimed he had been imparted a “fantastic message” by Our Lady. Jabbing his finger at a cloudy sky, Mr Coleman said: “I seen her there and I seen her there. She did make herself known.” Although reluctant to go into any details about the “message” he had received, Mr Coleman did say the Blessed Virgin had been angry about the way he had been treated by shrine authorities. He complained that he and his followers...
  • An Unfathomable Marian Richness [Catholic Caucus]

    05/17/2010 12:55:38 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 154+ views
    studiO'brien ^ | 5-15-10 (republished) | Michael D. O'Brien
    In the storm of confusion and misinformation which has greeted the question of a papal definition of the dogma of Mary Coredemptix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, St. Maximilian Kolbe's well known question regarding the Mother of God, "Who are you, O Immaculata?" takes on new poignancy and urgency. Who is she? Who is she really, and what is God doing through this unique woman? Mary is both Mary of Nazareth and "the Woman" of Revelation. But how can this be? Is she two persons? Alternatively, is she perhaps one person in two religious "costumes"? Is she only a model of fidelity,...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 3:30 Beads!

    05/14/2010 10:11:57 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 77 replies · 1,017+ views
    Vanity ^ | 5-14-10 | MLizzy
    The 3:30 Beads A few days back, on May 10, Irisshlass commented to me; Maybe we Catholics here can form a prayer group and at a certain hour of the day or night, we all say our rosaries in our home. Even though we are not together we are in heart ... Although I am not a speck Irish, my husband's roots (he's a "Grogan-O'Toole") have worn off on me a bit, and I could hardly think of denyin' the suggestion of an "Irisshlass." So without further ado[s], here are the "rules." Join us in saying a Rosary every day...
  • Do Not Tire of Visiting Us [Catholic Caucus]

    05/13/2010 6:26:06 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 7 replies · 142+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 5-12-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Tonight, at least, I have no words to express what I perceive to be the significance of this Act of Consecration in the context of The Year of the Priest. I have nothing but joy, and an immense gratitude to the Holy Father. Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of MaryImmaculate Mother, in this place of grace, called together by the love of your Son Jesus the Eternal High Priest, we, sons in the Son and his priests, consecrate ourselves to your maternal Heart, in order to carry out faithfully the Father's Will. We are mindful that, without Jesus,...
  • The pill and 50 years of misery [the pill kills!]

    05/06/2010 5:01:27 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 39 replies · 866+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 5-6-10 | Judie Brown
    Isn't it interesting that as the United States of America approaches the 50th anniversary of this nation's most popular recreational drug, the birth control pill, special interest media is ginning up the presses — or in this case, the web sites — with all sorts of ideas for the next 50 years. A sampling of what America's birth control worshippers are saying may give one pause to rethink. For example, on May 3, the Los Angeles Biomedical Research institute (LA BioMed) announced "that it has received $1.5 million in grant funding to study a contraceptive for men that uses a...
  • The Mormon Baptism of Mary, Mother of God

    05/09/2010 11:27:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 180 replies · 1,483+ views
    Concerned Christians.com ^ | April 15, 2010 | Helen Radkey
    Hail Holy QueenMary (the mother of Jesus) was a Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, identified in the New Testament as the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. Christians believe Mary conceived Jesus miraculously by the agency of the Holy Spirit. For twenty centuries, Christians have cherished Mary and given her titles that reflect their love and admiration—such as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Theotokos (Mother of God), Our Lady, and Queen of Heaven. As the most celebrated woman in Christendom, Mary is considered the epitome of virtue by Christians, especially Catholics and Orthodox. Protestants generally perceive...
  • Has 'the pill' caused drive-by shootings?

    05/09/2010 8:32:34 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 390+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 5-9-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Judging by the laudatory articles on the birth control pill popping up all over the Web in recent days, one might conclude that the pill was in fact the greatest invention since sliced multigrain bread. One such article, written by professor and author Elaine Tyler May, appears in The Washington Post. May writes: Today, we celebrate both motherhood and the pill. It is Mother's Day, and it is the 50th anniversary of the day the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would approve the pill — though the dream of an oral contraceptive is much older. The birth control...
  • Maximillian Kolbe, Apostle of Mary [Catholic Caucus]

    05/08/2010 7:21:59 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 15 replies · 238+ views
    EWTN ^ | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Maximillian's Marian Spirituality by Father John A. Hardon, S.J. [1914-2000] We will reconstruct the main features of Maximillian's spirituality. The spirituality of St. Maximillian is based directly on this truth: that the Immaculate Virgin Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces. That is the first premise of his Marian thinking. If this were not so, Maximillian explains, all our strength and effort in the spiritual life would be in vain. In other words, our spiritual life depends on grace. That's obvious, but it also depends on the grace that we must receive through Mary. Second, the Blessed Virgin Mary is...
  • The Importance of the Meditated Holy Rosary -- What the Popes have to say [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2010 8:00:17 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 8 replies · 226+ views
    "The Rosary is the glory of the Roman Church. As an exercise of Christian piety, it takes its place among the faithful after the Mass and the Sacraments." -Pope John XXIII "Would you like me to tell you a 'secret'? It is simple, and after all, is no secret: 'Pray, pray much. Say the Rosary everyday.'"-Pope John Paul II "The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin ... It not only serves admirably to overcome the enemies of God and of religion, but it is also a stimulus and an...
  • Give it all to Mary [Catholic Caucus]

    04/28/2010 5:45:36 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 40 replies · 468+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 4-28-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Friends, readers of Vultus Christi, and others often write me asking for intercessory prayer for a particular intention, for the resolution of a crisis, or for the healing of an affliction of soul or body. I take these requests seriously. They can, however, become overwhelming at times. I have, however, found a solution. I entrust them all to Our Blessed Lady. She is our Mother of Good Counsel, ever ready to guide us into the best way of interceding, the wisest way of intervening, the purest way of loving. She is also our Mother of Perpetual Help; that means that...
  • Mary of Nazareth As The Bible Defines Her

    04/08/2010 2:47:10 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 175 replies · 1,518+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/8/10 | DJP I.F.
    This study seeks to present from God's Holy Word what the Bible teaches about Mary of Nazareth, the young Jewish virgin that bore the Messiah, the Savior of the World. In this study we will seek to look at EVERY Bible verse found in the Holy Scriptures that pertains to Mary of Nazareth. Be sure to check out all the links for this study, for they will provide a deeper perspective into the person of Mary. Introduction In beginning this study, the clarifying statement should be made that the Bible, God’s infallible (reliable) and immaculate (perfect) Word, is the FINAL...
  • Mary of Nazareth of the Holy Scriptures

    02/25/2010 2:31:11 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 35 replies · 399+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 2/24/10 | DJP I.F.
    This study seeks to present from God's Holy Word what the Bible teaches about Mary of Nazareth, the young Jewish virgin that bore the Messiah, the Savior of the World. In this study we will seek to look at EVERY Bible verse found in the Holy Scriptures that pertains to Mary of Nazareth. Be sure to check out all the links for this study, for they will provide a deeper perspective into the person of Mary. Introduction In beginning this study, the clarifying statement should be made that the Bible, God’s infallible (reliable) and immaculate (perfect) Word, is the FINAL...
  • Mary is our Mother and Queen of the New Davidic Kingdom (Scriptures Agree With Catholic Church)

    02/24/2010 11:17:16 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 302 replies · 2,262+ views
    Scripture Catholic ^ | n/a | John Salza
    III. Mary is our Mother and Queen of the New Davidic KingdomJohn 19:26 - Jesus makes Mary the Mother of us all as He dies on the Cross by saying "behold your mother." Jesus did not say "John, behold your mother" because he gave Mary to all of us, his beloved disciples. All the words that Jesus spoke on Cross had a divine purpose. Jesus was not just telling John to take care of his mother. Rev. 12:17 - this verse proves the meaning of John 19:26. The "woman's" (Mary's) offspring are those who follow Jesus. She is our Mother...
  • Hail Mary??

    02/22/2010 12:03:11 AM PST · by bogusname · 249 replies · 2,423+ views
    Fresh Hope.com ^ | July 22nd, 2008 | Greg Durel
    The prayer life of the Roman Catholic is quite different from the Bible believing Christian. The predominant prayer in the life of almost any catholic is the "Hail Mary." It goes like this: "HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH THEE. BLESSED ART THOU AMONG WOMEN AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB, JESUS. HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS, NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH. AMEN." The statements made in this prayer are quite significant. Allow us to look at them one at a time and compare them with the word...
  • The Lady of Fatima: Has Mary Appeared in Visions?

    02/19/2010 11:32:44 PM PST · by bogusname · 184 replies · 1,470+ views
    THE LADY OF FATIMA- Introduction Some Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Christ, has actually appeared to people in places like Fatima and Medjugorje. Well, did she? THE LADY OF FATIMA- Biblical? In evaluating the alleged appearances of Mary, our primary concern would be to determine whether these apparitions are indeed biblical. Interestingly enough, these “Marian apparitions” (as they are commonly referred to) are inextricably woven together with the official Catholic teachings about Mary which, by the way, is known as Mariology. In fact, it would be fair to say that Catholic Mariology is the very foundation of...
  • Is Mary Co-Redemptress of the World?

    02/19/2010 5:07:29 PM PST · by bogusname · 176 replies · 1,547+ views
    CRI ^ | 2008 | Eric D. Svendsen
    Roman Catholic theology often parallels Mary the mother of Jesus with Jesus Himself in His work of redemption. For example, Jesus is born without the stain of original sin, and so is Mary. Jesus lives a sinless life; so does Mary. Jesus remains a virgin all His life; Mary is Ever-Virgin. Jesus is the Redeemer; Mary is Co-Redemptress. Jesus is the one Mediator between man and God, yet Mary, too, is Mediatrix. Jesus is bodily assumed into heaven; so is Mary. Ascribing Christological attributes such as these to Mary historically has been a source of contention between Protestants (who see...
  • Is America A Christian Nation?

    02/09/2010 7:12:37 PM PST · by lono · 209+ views
    The Free Republic ^ | February 9, 2010 | Lono Ho'ala
    U.S. lawmakers are toughening their stance on Iran’s energy industry with new economic penalties, but experts doubt the Islamic regime will pay much attention and is more likely to open the doors even wider to other players eager to replace fleeing investors. Long on Congress’ radar screen, Iran is being targeted by two bills: The Senate’s Dodd-Shelby Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act passed in late January; and the House’s Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act approved in December. The bottom line is these bills, once signed into law by President Obama, will pursue financial institutions and businesses that do...
  • The Wedding at Cana: Does Jesus Rebuke His Mother?

    01/16/2010 9:38:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies · 1,347+ views
    adw.org ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and his mother Mary were at a wedding feast at Cana (as recorded in John 2). There is what seems to us a tense interaction between them. Mary observes that they have no more wine. And Jesus says to her, Woman, how does this concern of yours affect me? My hour has not yet come. (Jn 2:4). To modern English ears this response of Jesus seems terse and off-putting. Is Jesus annoyed by his mother’s request? A little study of culture reveals that his repsonse ot his mother is not disrespectful but is in fact a sign of respect...
  • How could Mary be the Mother of God?

    01/02/2010 3:32:55 PM PST · by NYer · 167 replies · 2,765+ views
    cerc ^ | MATTHEW PINTO
    How could Mary, a finite creature, be the Mother of God? Isn’t God an eternal being? The title "Mother of God" is offensive to some Protestant Christians because they believe that this title raises Mary to an inappropriate, even idolatrous, level -- the level of God Himself. There is also genuine confusion on the part of others -- including Catholics -- about how a finite creature (Mary) could be the "mother" of an eternal being. "Wouldn't Mary have had to exist before God in order to be His mother?", they reason. Referring to Mary as "Mother of God," however, does...
  • Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)

    01/02/2010 3:07:57 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,961+ views
    cerc ^ | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    I was visiting an inner-city church one day and in the vestibule some graffiti was written on the wall which said, "Catholics, God has no mother," obviously referring to Mary's title as "Mother of God." How does one respond to such an objections? To understand the title, "Mother of God," we must first clearly understand Mary's role as mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the incarnation of our Lord: Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Cf. Lk 1: 26-38 and Mt 1: 18-25.) Through her, Jesus Christ — second person of...
  • Franciscan Studies: St. Francis' devotion to Mary, Mother of God

    01/01/2010 9:58:45 AM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 1/1/10 | Joseph Speranzella SFO
    Christians can learn a great deal of the love and devotion due the Mother of our Lord by reviewing the thoughts of St. Francis toward her. The name Mother of God comes from the Greek word Theotokos, which was used to combat the heresy that Jesus was not truly human AND divine...read more...
  • Breath Of Heaven-Amy Grant

    12/25/2009 3:28:40 PM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies · 481+ views
    YouTube ^ | December 25,2009 | Biggirl
    The original song done by Amy Grant and with scenes from the movie, " The Nativity".
  • For Unto Us A Child Is Born

    12/25/2009 5:40:56 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 162+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/25/2009 | Chrissy Siggee
    We who have had children know just how precious babies are. They are a delight, cute, soft and cuddly. They’re innocence is as pure as pure gets. Babies fill us with hope and anticipation for the future. We count their fingers and toes and memorize their unique and delicate features. We ponder on how they will change our lives, and what wonderful things they will do when they’re all grown up. I think babies are one of the most precious gifts given to us from God. Mary would have experienced these things too.
  • "The Visitation and the Song of Mary, the Magnificat" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent)

    12/19/2009 8:45:54 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 496+ views
    Charles Henrickson's blog at the Wittenberg Trail ^ | December 20, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Luke’s Lead-up to Christmas: The Visitation and the Song of Mary, the Magnificat” (Luke 1:39-56)This Advent, during our three midweek services and now on this, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, we’re working our way through Luke chapter one, on our way to the Christmas Gospel in Luke chapter two. We’re calling this series “Luke’s Lead-up to Christmas,” and so far we’re looked at: “The Annunciation of St. John the Baptist” to Zechariah; “The Annunciation of Our Lord” to Mary; and “The Nativity of St. John the Baptist and the Song of Zechariah, the Benedictus.” Now today we take up the...
  • Father Marquette's Devotion to the Immaculate Conception (Catholic Caucus)

    12/08/2009 4:26:35 AM PST · by Claud · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Father Jaques Marquette, of the province of champagne, died at the age of 38 years, of which 21 were passed in the Society — namely, 12 in france and 9 in Canada. He was sent to the missions of the upper algonquins, who are called outaouacs; and labored therein with the zeal that might be expected from a man who had proposed to himself st. francis Xavier as the model of his life and death. He resembled that great Saint, not only in the variety of barbarian languages which he mastered, but also by the range of his zeal, which...
  • Mary, Mother of Jesus or Saint

    12/07/2009 5:33:55 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 15 replies · 647+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/07/2009 | Chrissy Sigee
    The New Testament begins its account of Mary's life with the visit of Gabriel the angel who was sent by God as His messenger. The Lord God had selected Mary to be mother of Jesus. The Bible records Mary's role in key events of the life of Jesus from his virgin birth to his crucifixion.
  • Irish religious [Roman Catholic] pilgrims blinded by the light

    12/03/2009 6:53:44 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 681+ views
    The Star ^ | Dec 3 2009 | Cathal Kelley
    Irish ophthamologists are warning of a wave of blindness affecting religious pilgrims who are being encouraged to stare at the sun. The incidents are taking place at the Knock shrine in County Mayo in western Ireland. For the past 130 years, pilgrims have visited the holy site, hoping to see visions of the Virgin Mary. In recent months, a new series of visions has drawn thousands of visitors to the shrine on days prescribed by a clairvoyant named Joe Coleman Ten thousand gathered in early November when Coleman told them: "The Rosary is to be said at 3 p.m. and...
  • Virgin Mary (icon) was flown over the Earth 176 Times (in space station)

    11/30/2009 9:45:21 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 900+ views
    Ministry Values ^ | November 2009
    Reported by Interfax of Russia in Moscow On November 25, an unusual sacred procession took place when the Virgin Mary Icon known as the "Sign" (see below) flew around the Earth 176 times. On September 30 the spaceship Soyuz TMA 16 which had a mission to bring the icon to the International Space Station was driven from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the representative of the Galaxy studying centre initiated the project told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday. The sacred procession was finished on October 11. The icon, after circling the earth for over a week,  was delivered back on the "Soyz TMA 14 spaceship. The icon of the Virgin Mary "The...
  • Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    11/21/2009 4:46:40 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 686+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 21, 2009 | Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
    In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth. The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church. [1] The history of theological reflection witnesses...
  • Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing

    11/22/2009 5:19:05 AM PST · by Yudan · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Antiochain.org ^ | 1996 | Bp. Basil of Wichita
    By His Grace Bishop BASIL (Essey) Mary the Theotokos is very close to my heart, and, I am certain, close to the hearts of all who love her Son, Jesus. I can hardly think of her name without tears. When God, in the fullness of time, because of His great love for His creation, sent His Only-Begotten Son to save us sinners, He chose to do so in a way that is at once simple and tender, and profound, beyond our comprehension. He came to find a bride. And God the Father, who is above all and in all and...
  • (Audio) A Caller to My "Open Line" Radio Show Asked Me About the "Good Fruits" of Medjugorje

    11/16/2009 1:29:47 PM PST · by Patrick Madrid · 1 replies · 349+ views
    Patrick Madrid ^ | 11-16-09 | Patrick Madrid
    A call came in recently from a woman who wanted to remind me about all the "good fruits" associated with the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. You know, the thousands of confessions and conversions, rosaries and other prayers prayed, and even numerous priestly vocations which are attributed to men having made a pilgrimage there. Well . . . I don't deny that there are good "fruits" associated with Medjugorje, but even so, I am strongly disinclined to believe that it is the site of authentic Marian apparitions. And, as I explained to the caller, I personally do not agree that...
  • 'Mary' fading from window

    11/14/2009 7:54:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 502+ views
    The Republican ^ | November 14, 2009 | JIM KINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD - An image many of the faithful took as a miraculous manifestation of the Virgin Mary is fading from the window at Mercy Hospital where it appeared in September 2008. The rainbow-hued image is slowly being replaced by a white crystalline residue, said Mark M. Fulco, senior vice president for strategy and marketing at Mercy. The fading bolsters expert opinion that the image was caused by moisture infiltrating between the panes of glass through a faulty rubber seal. Now that the window has been removed and stored, the water is evaporating and leaving behind the white residue. Fulco said...
  • PRAYERS FOR MARYSECRETARY!

    11/06/2009 10:11:01 AM PST · by alpha-8-25-02 · 162 replies · 2,034+ views
    11/06/09 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    Dear prayer partners, Our dear marysecretary had a successful kidney transplant surgery early this morning. Her pastor reports: "From: Jerry S. Subject: Mary's Surgery Date: Friday, November 6, 2009, It is 4:45 am we just got home the hospital; Mary’s surgery went well, she now has a new kidney and the doctor seemed please with the results. Thank you very much for your prayers and please keep them up because there is a long road to recovery, also keep Richie in your prayers that he can get some rest. You prayer warriors are much appreciated, may God’s blessing be upon...
  • Vintage Saints: Mary, Part 1 Mark Driscoll Preaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church

    11/05/2009 5:25:39 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 58 replies · 1,046+ views
    The Resurgence ^ | 2009 | Mark Driscoll
    "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” – Mary worshipping God in Luke 1:46–47 Mary was simply a very godly young woman who loved the Lord and trusted in Him despite great risk to her own reputation. She repeatedly appears as a devout woman who loved God and was a loving mother to Jesus. Contrary to some aberrant teaching, she did not remain a virgin, but mothered other sons such as James and Jude, who visited Jesus with Mary during His ministry (Matthew 12:46; Mark 3:31–35; Luke 8:19–21) and later became pastors who penned...
  • Transsexual virgins in new Madrid Lay Calendar [Sacrilegious Mockery of BVM] (Ecumenical)

    10/27/2009 9:38:36 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 1,409+ views
    Typically Spanish ^ | 10/17/2009 | n/a
    The calendar has been produced by the Madrid Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual collective COGAM Controversy in Madrid with the launch of a 2010 lay calendar which shows images of ‘transsexual virgins’ recreating religious scenes decorated with crowns, condoms and phallic symbols. The lay calendar takes the religion out of the dates of the year, so Christmas Day becomes the day you eat the traditional Spanish turron to mark International Democracy Day, for example. The images are all based on famous Catholic images and iconography. The Venezuelan photographer who assembled the calendar, Juan Antinoo, had been commissioned by COGAM, the...
  • Do Whatever He Tells You: The BVM (Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together )

    10/22/2009 11:42:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies · 1,524+ views
    First Things ^ | November 2009
    In 1994, after intense study, discussion, and prayer, we issued a statement titled “Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium.” In 1997, we bore common witness to “The Gift of Salvation,” underscoring God’s unmerited justification of sinners because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and our only hope of salvation. In our third statement, “Your Word is Truth” (2002), we affirmed a convergence in our understanding of the transmission of God’s saving Word through Holy Scripture and tradition, which is the lived experience of the community of faith under the...
  • Fatima: The new Movie… Deception a-go-go [the Fatima apparitions were really UFO manifestations]

    10/21/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 30 replies · 1,109+ views
    UFODigest ^ | October 17, 2009 | L. A. Marzulli
    Yesterday was the anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. The actual event took place on October 13th, 1917, in Fatima, Portugal. I have written extensively on this subject and although I didn’t BLOG on it yesterday, I will do so today. I received a comment from Matt, who pointed me to the trailer, for the up and coming movie about Fatima. Thanks Matt! www.the13thday.com Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the events of Fatima. According to those who witnessed it, the Virgin Mary appeared to three children on October 13. Upwards of 70,000 people had waited for her appearance and the promised...
  • Are You Afraid of Mary “Co-redemptrix”?

    10/20/2009 8:56:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 106 replies · 1,584+ views
    Fratres ^ | February 14, 2009 | Dr. Mark Miravalle
    What is your first response when you hear someone refer to the mother of Jesus Christ as the “Co-redemptrix”? Extreme? Excessive pietism, even if well-intended? Heresy? Only Jesus is the Redeemer. If not directly heresy, then extremely dangerous? At least anti-ecumenical? At best confusing?Witness of the Saints Now let’s look at some people who have in fact called the Virgin Mary the Co-redemptrix: John Paul II (on six different occasions); Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta; St. Padre Pio, stigmatic wonder worker of the 20th century; Sr. Lucia, the Fatima visionary; St. Francis Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized;...